Private Pilot – Airplane

The Private Pilot License is for individuals who plan to fly for personal business and/or pleasure and not engage in work for compensation or hire. With your PPL, you are permitted to take family, friends, and co-workers on board your aircraft or the aircraft you are renting while acting as Pilot in Command.

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To be eligible for a Private Pilot Certificate, a person must:

  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language, or have such operating limitations placed on his/her pilot certificate as are necessary for safety
  • Be a US citizen or pass an online TSA security assessment
  • Hold at least a FAA Third Class Medical Certificate
  • Complete Ground School (Approximately 10 hours)
  • Obtain a minimum of 40 flight hours, which must include 20 hours of dual flight and 10 hours of solo flight
  • Pass FAA knowledge and practical examinations

Average course completion time: 4-6 weeks with 55-60 hours

Immersion training completion time: 15-20 days


§61.103   Eligibility requirements: General.

To be eligible for a private pilot certificate, a person must:

(a) Be at least 17 years of age for a rating in other than a glider or balloon.

(b) Be at least 16 years of age for a rating in a glider or balloon.

(c) Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language. If the applicant is unable to meet one of these requirements due to medical reasons, then the Administrator may place such operating limitations on that applicant’s pilot certificate as are necessary for the safe operation of the aircraft.

(d) Receive a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor who:

 (1) Conducted the training or reviewed the person’s home study on the aeronautical knowledge areas listed in §61.105(b) of this part that apply to the aircraft rating sought; and

 (2) Certified that the person is prepared for the required knowledge test.

(e) Pass the required knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas listed in §61.105(b) of this part.

(f) Receive flight training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor who:

 (1) Conducted the training in the areas of operation listed in §61.107(b) of this part that apply to the aircraft rating sought; and

 (2) Certified that the person is prepared for the required practical test.

(g) Meet the aeronautical experience requirements of this part that apply to the aircraft rating sought before applying for the practical test.

(h) Pass a practical test on the areas of operation listed in §61.107(b) of this part that apply to the aircraft rating sought.

(i) Comply with the appropriate sections of this part that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought.

(j) Hold a U.S. student pilot certificate, sport pilot certificate, or recreational pilot certificate.